Gulf War veteran and Owensboro resident Robert F. Price spent his time during the COVID-19 pandemic writing his first book.
“Almost Home: A Soldier’s Journey Back to the Love of His Lifetime” is a tale of grit, love and faith telling the story of a decorated war hero who fought in Iraq, survived a helicopter crash, and then returned home to fulfill the promise he had made to his girl, and more.
The story is a flashback in time from present day to events during Operation Desert Shield/Storm. However, Price said the book is set in Owensboro.
“Specifically, in the prologue and opening two chapters, I lead into living here in Owensboro and discussing the community, what I love about our RiverPark Center and the symphony, and my favorite restaurant, City Walk on Allen Street,” Price said.
“Almost Home” is based on actual events and the book is also a firsthand account of the war in Iraq, while addressing the larger themes of love, survival and compassion in the middle of a war.
Price said he decided to write this book during the pandemic because he felt compelled to share an inspirational story during a time of tragedy.
“I don’t think my writing experience was anything like a traditional author’s,” Price said. “Some writers labor for years to get a story together. In my case, it was a draft manuscript in five to six weeks. I had my challenging moments with the creative elements, but the story, especially the military parts which I adapted for the book, I experienced first hand in many cases, so it was just finding the right words to share it with my audience while connecting a complete storyline.”
Price said at one point he thought he would never write again. But now he said he has been working on a business book for leaders.
“There’s also been some interest in a follow-on to ‘Almost Home,'” he said. “There is more to the rest of the story that I think my audience will enjoy reading, so I’m leaving the door open.”
“Almost Home” is currently only available on Amazon but later this month it will be released in an audio version on Audible, Amazon and iTunes.
Price said he would love a chance to make it available in stores in Owensboro if he can find the right places to distribute it.